As the capital of New Mexico and the fourth-largest city in the state, there’s no shortage of things to do in Santa Fe. Known as “The City Different,” this eclectic Southwestern city offers visitors and residents a fun mix of nightlife and cultural activities. If you find yourself in Santa Fe with nothing to do during the evening hours, head to one of these unique bars and lounges.
La Fiesta Lounge & Bell Tower Bar
Offering one of the best sunset views of any bar in the city, La Fiesta Lounge & Bell Tower Bar is a Santa Fe mainstay. As such, make sure to arrive early to catch a good table, as the place fills up fast. Order up one of their stellar margaritas at this fifth-floor bar and enjoy the beautiful colors of a Southwestern sunset. If you’re hungry, head back down to the lounge and chow down on delicious Tex-Mex favorites like chips and salsa or pork carnitas tacos.
Where: La Fonda Hotel, 100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Dragon Room Bar
Housed in a 300-year-old pink adobe house, the Dragon Room Bar was named the top bar in Santa Fe by the Santa Fe Reporter as well as being named one of the top 19 bars in the world by International Newsweek. Throw back a couple of Rosalitas, the bar’s famous margarita mixed with cranberry and a float of Gran Gala, while enjoying a number of tasty bar bites, like fried calamari or pulled duck nachos. The ambiance can’t be beat.
Where: 406 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87503
The Underground at Evangelos Cocktail Lounge
Located underneath Evangelos, a funky dive bar that often hosts live music performances, the Underground has a hidden, speakeasy feel, with low ceilings and great DJs spinning music until the wee hours of the night. The Underground draws a younger, hipper crowd than its above-ground counterpart, although the delicious and refreshing cucumber coolers at Evangelos merit a taste. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between these great Santa Fe establishments.
Where: 200 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tucked away in a busy area of Santa Fe, the Matador is a seedy little dive bar where you’ll get a true taste of the city. Once one of Santa Fe’s speakeasies, its dark, dingy interior channels the old Southwest, and its patrons are fun and eclectic. You won’t find anything fancy within its graffiti-covered walls, but what you will find are cheap drinks, good company and a great vibe.
Where: 116 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87503
Del Charro Saloon
Although connected to a hotel, Del Charro Saloon is definitely a locals-only place, without the pretentious vibe. The large brick fireplaces keep things cozy and warm as you settle into a worn leather booth or saddle up to the bar. Order a giant margarita for only $6, and tempt your taste buds with the chicken, corn and green chili chowder. You won’t be disappointed.
Where: 101 W. alameda St., Santa Fe, NM 87501